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[PC/MAC/LINUX] Toki Tori 
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Toki Tori
Publisher: Two Tribes B.V.
Developer: Two Tribes B.V
Genre: Platforming / Puzzle
Release Dates: January 29, 2010
Price: 4.49€ (Steam)


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This little bird first saw the light of day back in 2001 on the good old Game Boy Color, but it manages to remain entertaining and relevant to this date thanks to HD versions, remakes and the fact that you can get it on almost any possible platform including the PC. So, what makes it fun to play 13 years later? Maybe it's the fact that it looks cute and childish and somehow reminds us of a time when games were made for fun and this is certainly an easy to learn, hard to master kind of game because it looks simple at first, but you'll often find yourself looking for the answer somewhere else as you'll get stuck more often than you'd think. The story is simple and just like in Angry Birds you are supposed to rescue your lost brothers, which come in the form of eggs, and not actual birds, but you'll have to go through quite a lot to achieve that. The menu is simple and intuitive and choosing what level you want to play once you unlocked the hard and bonus levels is easy to do, so you won't find yourself navigating the menus in order to find something because all you need is always one click away.

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The gameplay in Toki Tori is as simple as it gets as you can move left/right/up/down using the mouse to point the next place you want your little bird to go and use items in order to pass a certain obstacle or defeat your enemies such as worms, ghosts or porcupines; such items include a freeze gun, a vacuum, instant rocks or the ability to teleport or create bridges. The PC version also has a option to rewind, so in case you screw up you can always go back a couple of seconds and try again which will reduce your frustration because sometimes you might press the wrong button and use an item instead of another or make a wrong step near the end and playing the whole level again would drive you mad. The only thing missing was the ability to jump as I always tried to jump thinking that it would make the whole puzzle easier to solve, only to remember that I can't do that, but either way it's not so bad because you don't really need to as the items and abilities are more than enough.


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This game looks good as it has a nice pallet of colours and it has that childish look that will make you nostalgic as it is one of those games that will age very well in the purest Nintendo style. Each stage has its own theme so when you will find yourself in the sewers the level design will make it feel like unique and different from the previous stages and the little details like the mud interacting with Toki's feet are going to display the level of attention this game got from the developers and it really shows that they wanted to deliver a better experience with this release and not make it look like just another HD remake.


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Toki Tori sounds just as good as it looks as the sound manages to deliver the same thing: a childish experience that will stay with you for a long time, and while it repeats the same music over and over again in the menu it never feels overused and during the actual levels the sound manages to deliver the same experience the design does and this helps the player's immersion. The sound effects are also okay, nothing will take you out of this magical world where a chick fights ghosts and worms.



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The PC version comes with some exclusive levels and the ability to rewind, but the real win comes with the level editor which allows you to create your own unique adventures and challenges for the little bird and thanks to Steam you are able to share them with your friends. The Steam Achievements are also a nice incentive to make you play again certain levels and thanks to all that I managed to spend more time in Toki Tori than in some big triple A games out there.
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Toki Tori is a cheap and fun game and no matter if you're getting at full price or grabbing your copy during the next sale, Toki Tori is need to buy because it will take you by surprise regarding how much you will enjoy it no matter if you like that type of games or not and even if you go in to play just a level you will end up spending hours in it and for such a small price it's clearly a bargain.
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